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Opening our arms: Embracing refugees makes Grand Rapids a stronger city

West Michigan is home to some 25,000 refugees. Susan Kragt, the Executive Director of the West Michigan Refugee Education and Cultural Center, explains why we must do a better job about seeking these voices out as we discuss the development of our economy, our schools, and our neighborhoods. When we do, Grand Rapids will become an even better place to live.


With Madison Avenue farm, Urban Roots plants the seeds for change & justice in Grand Rapids

For Urban Roots, farming in Grand Rapids is not just about growing vegetables. It's about breaking down barriers and building community.

Grand Opening of El Barrio

How affordable artist housing can help cultural communities 'celebrate themselves'

Artspace enjoys a long history of working with culturally distinct groups in the development of affordable artist live/work housing and community spaces. From El Barrio in New York to Honolulu, Hawaii, these projects allow artists to celebrate themselves.


Going beyond 'just surviving': How accessible is Grand Rapids for people with disabilities?

When it comes to being a haven for individuals with disabilities, Grand Rapids still has a long way to go. However, people throughout the community are working hard to make sure the area is becoming a place where everyone, no matter their disability, can lead the life they want.

Rudy Carrasco

UIX: Rudy Carrasco and Partners Worldwide are ending poverty

Partners Worldwide is taking down poverty. That being a tremendous project requiring vast resources, the non-profit must lean heavily on its strongest asset—its people.
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